IABA Scholarship

IABA Foundation grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school (applications from UCI School of Law will be accepted) in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.

Our scholarships are generously funded by local IABA Chapters and by donations from individual sponsors. We are privileged and proud to have the support of our local Chapters and members of our legal community in building a team to support the future success of Iranian students.

This year we are proud to announce an additional award to the scholarship prize. In addition to the financial reward that will be granted to the scholarship recipient, 3L+ Law Prep and Niki Khoshzamir Moore (CEO & Founder), are generously sponsoring the IABA scholarship recipient(s) with the opportunity to take advantage of the skills training seminars and coaching programs provided by the prep course. The IABA scholarship recipient(s) will receive a 3-month career coaching package, and full-tuition scholarship to attend a 3L+ Career Conference and/or New Attorney Basics seminar.   For more information on 3L+, visit http://www.3lplus.com.

If you would like to apply for the IABA Scholarship, please submit the following materials to scholarship@iabafoundation.org by the application deadline: (1) a resume detailing your education and work and community experience; (2) official law school and college transcripts; (3) a brief statement articulating why you chose to attend law school, why you would like to become an attorney, and how you believe you will make a difference as an attorney on issues of concern and interest to the Iranian-American community; and (4) this application.

The deadline for applying for the 2015 scholarship is March 31, 2015 by 11:59 PM.


We welcome contributions to the annual IABA Scholarship fund. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution,


Sam Sadeghi (UCLA School of Law)
Sam Sadeghi is a Juris Doctor candidate at the UCLA School of Law, where he serves as Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review. In 2013, he founded the Iranian Law Students Association at UCLA and served as its President for two years. He also served as President of the Federalist Society at UCLA.
While in law school, Sam has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He previously served as a research assistant at the Stanford University Hoover Institution for the Honorable Michael W. McConnell, senior fellow at Hoover and former circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. This summer, he is working as a summer associate at Paul Hastings.
Sam graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Economics and Political Science. While in college, he served as an intern for U.S. Congressmen Gary Miller of California’s 42nd district and Michael Burgess of Texas’s 26th district.
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Anita Bamshad (University of California, San Diego)
Anita Bamshad graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Economics and minor in Ethnic Studies. During law school, she completed a judicial externship for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Anita also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Division. As Co-Chair of the King Hall Legal Foundation, Anita worked with the law school community to raise enough to fund 6,000 hours of summer public interest legal work. She is also a member of the UC Davis Moot Court Honors Board, UC Davis Business Law Journal, UC Davis Law Journal of International Law & Policy and a volunteer for the Employment Law Clinic with Volunteer Legal Services of Northern California.
Anita Bamshad


  • 2014:
    Ava Badiee (University of California, Irvine School of Law)
    Setareh Homayoninejad (UC Berkeley, School of Law)
  • 2013:
    Rachel Khalili (University of California Irvine School of Law $2500)
    Sahar Maali (University of California Berkeley School of Law $2500)
    Barzin Pakandam(University of Southern California School of Law $2500)
  • 2012:
    Z. Payvand Ahdout (Columbia University School of Law $2500)
    Ramin Montazeri (Columbia University School of Law $2500)
    Sima Namiri-Kalantari (University of California Los Angeles School of Law $2500)
  • 2011:
    Nima Rahimi (University of California Davis School of Law $3000)
    Roxana Rahmani (Harvard Law School $3000)

    • San Diego Chapter Scholarship
      Ashkaan Hassan (University of San Diego School of Law $2500)
      Naziol Nazarinia (Thomas Jefferson School of Law $2500)
  • 2010:
    Pouneh Aravand (Yale Law School $3000)
    Mehrdad Bokhour (Loyola Law School of Los Angeles $3000)
  • 2009:
    Siavash Alavi (University of Southern California School of Law $2000)
    Arash J. Fuladian (University of San Diego School of Law $2000)
    Sara Rezvanpour (University of California Berkeley School of Law $2000)
  • 2007:
    Tala Rezai (Emory University School of Law $1500)
    Maryam Moravvej Farshi (University of Baltimore School of Law $1500)
  • 2006:
    Elham Kayvani (University of California Berkeley School of Law)
  • 2005:
    Mani Ahmadi (Loyola Law School of Los Angeles)
    Sara Mahdavi (University of California Los Angeles School of Law)